When I came on Goodreads to leave a review I did a shout of joy to find out that Awkward is only the first book in a series. I am so excited that there are already two more books published. It is so hard to find books for my daughter. She is in middle school, reading at a high school level, hates reading, and has ADHD which makes it hard for her to focus on lines of texts. Yet, as an avid reader, I feel it is important for her to be able to read, thankfully so does her English teacher. I want books that are of substance, but that grab her attention.
Although, to be honest, I picked up Awkward not just for my daughter. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. The story was engaging and relatable. While it oversimplified the middle school structure, that was mostly remedied by the end of the book. It was also just fun to read a graphic novel, something that I do not do enough of. The illustrations and the writing went hand in hand.
My high school daughter ended up reading the book after I finished. While she was in the middle of reading my middle schooler picked it up and started - of her own choice. It has been sitting on our kitchen table for a week with multiple children picking it up and reading it. My high schooler finally finished and said it was an amazing book. My middle schooler is still picking it up and reading it in small bursts. She enjoys the artwork, the character concepts at the back of the book, and the process of creating the book. She loves drawing, so I was excited that this was included.
Overal this is an amazing book that is great for any late elementary or middle school student. It is also enjoyable for those of us who are long past this age.
Bob is a cute story about a girl who realizes that she forgot about her “imaginary friend.” Upon finding him again, in the closet of her grandmother’s house, she attempts to determine where he came from. The novel is a quest for her to find where he belongs.
While the story is cute, it is also a little scattered. It seems to go from one place to the next and has some massive plot holes. Overal I was entertained but not awed by the book.
The Night Diary tells about the split of Pakastan from India after India was granted its freedom from England. It is told from the perspective of a girl about the age of twelve. Orphaned at birth Nisha has her father, grandfather, twin brother, and a hired cook that is her best friend. She also has a secret. Her brother and her are half Muslim and half Hindu. When the country is divided her family has to leaver behind their home and travel across the border to the new India.
The novel is beautifully written. It is described in a way that is perfect for a middle school audience. It is emotionally captivating, informative, relatable, all without being too overwhelming and graphic. As the author says, in the back of the book, some journeys were easier and others were harder. Many people lost their life during this time. The author's note was a great addition to put this one story in perspective.
As an adult I appreciated Hiranandani sharing a story based upon her own family. It is a part of history that I personally had not thought about, and knew almost nothing about. This book would be a great addition to any reader's list as well as many classrooms.
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